New Book: 200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes For Natural Beauty

  The newest addition to our ever-expanding library of books is an excellent resource for folks who eschew the chemically-laden conventional "beauty" products and prefer to pamper their bodies with homemade, organic cosmetic creations.  Packed with step-by-step photographs, easy-to-follow instructions, expert tips, and problem-solving solutions, 200 Tips, Techniques & Recipes For Natural Beauty provides you with a bounty of tips on how to source, store, and use natural, organic ingredients that will work wonders for your body.  Shannon Buck provides a plethora of recipes for all types of skin and hair, making it easy to find the best recipes for you and your loved ones. This book shows you, in gloriously illustrated detail, how to create delightful lotions and potions in your […]

Making Educated Choices: Plant Families & Allergens

  While the leaves, roots, flowers, barks, and seeds we know as herbs are derived from plants found all around us, this does not mean that everyone can and should ingest every herb. It can be challenging to know what is safe, what dosages are recommended, and where to turn to find the answers. Finding trusted sources of information or knowing when to consult an expert can seem overwhelming, but it is so important to research before charging full steam ahead! Turn on the television or open a magazine, and you will likely hear great hoopla about the latest “miracle herb.” Over-exuberant promoters and well-meaning health gurus seem to constantly be touting the “miraculous” properties of everything from Turmeric to Green […]

Make Your Own Green Tea Skin Serum!

  There is no point in stretching the truth…I am nearly 50 years old and while I have tried to take good care of my skin over the years, my skin-care strategy is evolving as my body ages. As a teenager and young adult, it was all about absorbing extra oil and striving for blemish-free skin. Throughout my thirties and early forties, I used a water-based moisturizing cream with sunscreen daily, and that worked well to help combat the rigors of a busy life. Recently, I’m finding my skin needs a bit more nourishment and moisture and I’ve been working on creating face and skin treatments that have more of the good oils and concentrated botanicals to meet the requirements of my […]

The Sunday Steep!

  As a lover of mythology, some of my favorite tales are the stories of the Goddess Demeter. Demeter is the goddess of the harvest, the grain diety, and the bringer of agriculture to the Ancient Greeks. To some, she is also known as the goddess who presides over the cycles of life and death and the seasons. Even as a young girl, I loved the often-tumultuous and painful adventures of this strong feminine goddess. Recently, I was revisiting some of those myths and thinking about Demeter from my now middle-aged perspective. While I used to think of Demeter almost as a "farm woman," I can now see her as an amalgamation of Nature's nourishing gifts. There are plants, trees, and […]

New in the Shop: Cast Iron Teapots

  We are happy to introduce three beautiful new additions to our line of cast iron teapots! Our Black Cast Iron Teapot is the largest size we carry, accomodating up to 40 oz of delicious, soothing tea. This decorative iron teapot is cast with a hobnail design, symbolizing strength and beauty in traditional Japanese culture. In addition to brewing tea, you can also use this teapot directly on the stovetop to heat water. Our Crane Cast Iron Teapot features a serene crane soaring above the sea. The crane design symbolizes good health and longevity. This particular teapot is more for solo tea-drinking endeavors, as it holds 12 oz of your choice brew. This teapot retains heat well, but should not be used directly on the stovetop to heat water. The new Cast Iron Teapot […]

Summer Recipe Sale: 25% off Citrus Bliss Lip Balm

It's time for the last recipe in our Summer Sale of 2015! As hot summer days turn into crisp autumn nights, and winter brings the season of gift giving, now is the perfect time to stock up on lip balm making ingredients! Fruity, fresh, and super moisturizing, this recipe will leave your lips feeling naturally soft at a fraction of the cost. You can also find these lip balm tubes or tins in our shop for your lip balm crafting needs. Enjoy!  For the next two weeks only, you can stock up on select sizes of organic sweet almond oil, cocoa butter wafers, lime peel essential oil, and sweet orange essential oil at 25% off!